Over the past few months, the District Council celebrated the recent retirements of several Council officers. It is with great joy and also a heavy heart that we say goodbye to these essential members who devoted their heart and soul to the membership and the betterment of the union.
Joseph DiNapoli – Lead Manager
After nearly 38 years of being a union carpenter, I’ve made the difficult decision to retire. What being a union carpenter has meant to me is hard to sum up in a short story. Some words that immediately come to mind are grateful, appreciative, humbled, and blessed! To everyone I’ve ever worked with, I thank you all for a career full of unbelievable experiences, a craft learned, great memories, and valued friendships. Being a union carpenter has been the American Dream for me. I know that no matter how much this world has changed or what challenges may lay ahead, the union, its hardworking members, and the values we stand for are the staples of our communities. Thank you and may God bless our entire membership and their families!
Brian Brady – Lead Manager for Organizing
It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement, but I know I’m leaving the union in more than capable hands. For over 40 years, I have served this great union and watched it become a political powerhouse and a force of good in our communities. One of the things I revel in is how much the industry has changed and become more inclusive and more progressive. Working for the Council has been my favorite job. This wonderful organization has taught me so much, both personally and professionally. I tell everyone, from first-year apprentices to colleagues, that there is no ceiling here. You can go as high as your ambitions allow – from a foreman to a superintendent to the owner of your own company – everybody has the opportunity to move forward. Be the best tradesperson you can be. I would like to thank all the carpenters in our union. Everyone is a tremendous asset. Nobody should ever discount themselves. To the Council, I’m thankful for all the support during the past 10 years. I worked hard and made a lot of great friends, and I will miss you all. May God bless our union!